Nizar Jarjour, MD

SVP/President, UW Medical Foundation


Nizar Jarjour, MD, President, UW Medical Foundation.Nizar Jarjour, MD, was appointed President, UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) in March 2016 to provide physician leadership for the UWMF faculty group practice. He works in partnership with UW Health leaders to represent the physician perspective in all aspects of UWMF and UW Health operations.


Dr. Jarjour joined UW Health in 1986, first as a pulmonary and critical care fellow, and later a pulmonary research fellow at UW Hospitals and Clinic, and was appointed assistant professor of medicine in 1991. He rose through the ranks to become professor of medicine and head of the allergy, pulmonary and critical care division of the Department of Medicine in 2004.


In addition to remaining very active in clinical practice, Dr. Jarjour leads a nationally recognized, NIH-funded research program, serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine-Pulmonary Specialty Committee, and works with the FDA as part of the advisory group on allergy and pulmonary drugs. For more than a decade, Dr. Jarjour has been an integral part of the leadership team for the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), directing the ICTR Clinical and Translational Research Core and chairing the protocol review committee. He has been a member of the UWMF Board, UWMF Compensation Development Committee and UWMF Council of Faculty.


Dr. Jarjour earned his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in Damascus, Syria, where he graduated with highest academic honors. He completed an internship at Damascus University Hospitals and St. Quentin General Hospital in St. Quentin, France. Upon arriving in the United States, he completed an internal medicine residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, before making his way to Madison to begin his pulmonary and critical care training.